Date: 26th July 2018 at 10:23am
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So as you know, Aston Villa’s new owners, Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens, were at Villa Park and Bodymoor Heath yesterday taking in what they had purchased and starting to look at the job in hand.

As a member of the Fan Consulation Group as I reported the other day they had promised to engage with the fans. I hadn’t expected it to be quite so quickly though, as we were called in yesterday to talk to their representatives at Bodymoor Heath who wanted a first blush at engaging with the fans. We were told there was an off chance we’d get to say hello to the owners but the crux of the meeting was talking to their reps.

It was a good productive meeting, they wanted to listen and engage, not talk over us fans or make ridiculous promises that we’ve heard before (again and again and again) but never seen delivered. It was actually very refreshing because over the years I’ve sat through far too many one way dialogues, this was as it should be, a two-way conversation.

So that side of it was positive and I’m sure they are genuinely engaging, not just ticking boxes.

Then, sure enough, in-between meetings and going to the friendly v West Ham, both Nassef and Wes came in to say hello. They spoke of their pride at becoming part of this great club and how they felt they were custodians of this fine place.

I chipped in as to how special the club is that they’ve bought – it was clear they knew, they’d been to Villa Park, how could they not see how special the place is!?

It wasn’t a lengthy meeting where we could start to ask about Grealish, FFP, budgets etc and with respect, they are only just through the door, they have much to do before they can communicate that sort of thing. Nothing they said to us, isn’t already out there in the video clip below and also their initial quotes on the official site when they took over. I’m saying this because I don’t want a thousand questions asking about what we weren’t told!!! Although there is a tongue in cheek forum thread where I am answering the questions!!!!!! New Owners Said To Be Excited To Meet The Fear

I must say though, I’m really pleased we are putting behind us the Xia era and feel very excited to see two assured, calm and very professional people at the helm. I have faith we will not be looking at crisis management all the time. I actually told them that we’d never really had a calmly run club before.

They’ll no doubt have a bit of time looking at what needs to be done now and then communicate their plans. This wasn’t more than hello, happy to be here, we respect the club and the fans.

Watch this space…. Feel very positive about this, I liked their relaxed style.

Onwards and upwards Vital Villans… I am very excited by this journey, no matter how long it takes to get back to where we belong…. the top.

 
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10 Replies to “Having Met Them, I’m Now More Sure Than Ever The New Owners Of Aston Villa Are The Real Deal.”

    • Well I have been completely underwhelmed by this partial takeover
      Mainly sticking with Steve Bruce, who is culpable for failure and massive debts
      The product on offer is awful, with no sign of improvement over 2 seasons and nothing changed last night
      Steve Bruce cannot build for the future, or even achieve a short sighted short term improvement

  • Refreshing to hear Jon. Let’s all hope it’s the start of a positive new era. We’ve been waiting long enough!

  • Thanks for sharing… you’re right, this club has never been run properly managed since the early 1960’s at least!

  • Thanks Johnathan,hope yourwell etc,we prayed the Rosary,for you.SB,is in the last chance season,
    and he will be found out soon. Dean Smith,or even Henry are just waiting in the background.
    Let’s hope we get good owners,who are faithful,but ruthless if you don’t match the standards.SorrySB
    Times out

  • The Chinese gambler pulled of a gem. All respect going out to Dr x. He is as shrewd as they come. Self made ad well. Pure high level gambler with highest education. I think his 45% is also interesting. Most probs a buy out is in place

  • Well I have been completely underwhelmed by this partial takeover
    Mainly sticking with Steve Bruce, who is culpable for failure and massive debts
    The product on offer is awful, with no sign of improvement over 2 seasons and nothing changed last night
    Steve Bruce cannot build for the future, or even achieve a short sighted short term improvement

  • Hi Jonathan. I’m glad you are getting positive vibes. I am excited.. but in a cautious way being as we have had such expectations when Lerner and Dr X came in and everything fell apart and our beloved club became a laughing stock and, almost literally in recent weeks, was at death’s door. However, the new owners’ backgrounds, experience in sport, enthusiasm and genuine wealth are making me feel….erm, positive(ish). Having mega-wealth isn’t, as we all know, a guarantee of success but as Wes has already said, things won’t happen overnight in terms of success but his experience with the Bucks will hopefully help how he co-runs the club. I couldn’t work out my preference on the best way to go with the manager and can see both sides of the arguments from those for/against SB. I think Henry may well have been too risky at this stage but I do think SB will only get till the Christmas period to show signs of us being in the running for promotion and, if we’re not, he’ll be gone. But who would come in? Henry? Dean Smith? Experienced foreign manager a la Benitez or Ranieri? I think SB knows this is his last chance saloon and the majority of us fans respect him as a top bloke etc but the club comes first and those whose patience hasn’t already run out will have little left if we are floating round mid-table or lower come Christmas. That said, I’m still looking forward to what lies ahead this season and I’m sure it’ll be yet another claret and blue rollercoaster ride! Whether Jack G stays, I’m sure, will be key to whatever happens. UTV VTID

  • Even if Grealish is sold to plug the FFP gap, we will still be OK.
    However, QPR only recently settled a bill of €47m after god knows how long and all the punishment they got was a transfer embargo till January!
    If these two guys are the real deal, they’ll ride it out and hopefully, we’ll be back in the big time before FFP becomes a real issue. Wages are a problem (Richards, McCormack etc) but at least now there will be money in England to pay the bills.

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